BY STEWART JEAN, ANA BARREIRO, AND JEFF BOWDERS | FROM THE FALL 2019 ISSUE OF DRUM!
Uptempo jazz is normally associated with the bebop and modern big band eras. Although mastering limb independence is important for drummers learning to play jazz, simply playing the ride cymbal can pose major problems for drummers who have not tackled their approach to playing at fast tempos. The following ride patterns are not only great starting places for all drummers, but they are essential if you want to get through a jazz gig that requires tempos ranging from 250-300+ bpm.
- Note your fastest comfortable tempos on day one to compare them at the end of the week